Which Is Better, Flexible Neon VS Traditional Neon?

Released on Aug. 28, 2021


Neon, one of the most versatile commercial LED lighting products on the market today. You may know that flexible neon is brighter than traditional neon, but what about the rest of the information? Which one is the better choice? Flexible neon supplier ANANLIGHT shares with you.


Most traditional neon lights are made of glass and contain metallic mercury. This leads to the risk of being damaged and harm to humans. Flexible neon does not contain hazardous materials such as phosphorus and mercury. It can also be easily recycled. Flexible neon is also shockproof and emits very little heat. This makes it much safer to use than conventional neon lights. In addition, flexible neon lights have an input voltage of 24 V/120 V. In comparison, glass neon lights have 3 KV to 18 KV. Therefore, flexible neon lights are considered safer as far as input voltage is concerned.


Traditional neon signs are very fragile because they are made of glass. If a glass neon sign or sign is dropped, it is likely to break. In contrast, flexible neon is more durable. It is flexible, flame retardant, and made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Even if it falls, it is less likely to break.

Service Life

The average service life of a glass neon tube is 10,000 hours. Flexible neon tubes, on the other hand, are expected to last at least 30,000 hours. This is three times the life span of a glass neon tube.

Outdoor flexible neon light - SA321616Z

Outdoor flexible neon light - SA321616Z

Easy to install

If you choose glass neon, you need a master craftsman who has enough experience in manufacturing and installation. Flexible neon lights are easier to install than glass neon lights. Even an inexperienced technician can install them. It can be flexibly installed anywhere you need it or cut anywhere you need it. For example, if you are planning to do DIY, flexible neon lights will be a better choice for you. You can bend, cut and mold them into almost any shape.


Traditional glass neon lights have been associated with mercury pollution. Flexible neon lights do not contain mercury or any other heavy metals. The material used in flexible neon is environmentally friendly silicon. It is also more eco-friendly because it consumes less energy to light up. More importantly, classic neon uses neon fluorescent lamps as the light source. Flexible neon has solid-state semiconductors that save energy consumption. Studies have shown that flexible neon uses 5 to 10 times less energy than glass neon. It is also more environmentally friendly. 


The price difference between flexible neon and glass neon is not too big. Flexible neon signs tend to be slightly cheaper. The price of the light will vary depending on the type and size you choose.


Flexible neon lights require little to no maintenance. This makes their operating costs much lower. On the other hand, glass neon tubes need to be re-gassed after a long period of time, and the re-gassing process requires a professional to charge a maintenance fee.

Based on these points, there is no doubt that flexible neon is a better choice. We have flexible neon for sale, welcome to inquire!